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First Choice Southern BBQ

#59 of 1,882 Restaurants in Tampa
#62 of 2,073 Places to Eat in Tampa
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10113 Adamo Dr, Tampa, FL 33619-2656
(813) 621-7434
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 53
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Follow your nose! :)

Tucked into an obscure corner behind the Adamo Home Depot, you could probably follow your nose to FirstChoice BBQ. The combination plate includes pork ribs, sausage, fries and baked beans. The food was just as I remember from 8 years ago. The sausage was smoky without being spicy, and the ribs... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Ernie and Dora H
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Kannapolis, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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76 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Kannapolis, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Tucked into an obscure corner behind the Adamo Home Depot, you could probably follow your nose to FirstChoice BBQ. The combination plate includes pork ribs, sausage, fries and baked beans. The food was just as I remember from 8 years ago. The sausage was smoky without being spicy, and the ribs were fall off the bone. The fries, made from... More 

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Brandon, Florida, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Inside the restaurant, which is tucked away in the deepest corner of a strip mall, is a banner that proclaims that 1st Choice Southern BBQ is Brandon's very best BBQ restaurant in Brandon. That's not a critic's choice award but an award given as the result of diners. My wife and I stopped in after a long, hot day of... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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11 reviews 11 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The barbeque is very good, but the options didn't have much of a variety. The fries were freshly cut potatoes, nothing already processed out of the freezer which I enjoyed greatly. The spicy barbeque sauce was amazing, (if you like spicy I definitely recommend this) but I would of liked to have my bun at least toasted, but even better... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The process of getting the food is like going to Moes. The place smelled good and The decor was nice. They could be a little more friendly, but the workers just look tired and overworked. Food tasted great, good smoked flavor and sauces. The chicken and brisket was over done and dry, if cooked better it would of been a... More 

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Tampa, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

If you like real time old school Florida BBQ..this is your place. Tucked away in a small strip mall if you go there lunch time you will know the place as there will be a line out onto the sidewalk. Ordering is an experience in itself. You will be ordering over a glass wall yelling to the meat chopper guy... More 

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Tampa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Ever wondered what a great corned beef Brisquit would taste like smoked. Go here and try it, best corned beef that you can find. The rest of the meat is wonderful also. Great food, so so side items.

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Bradenton, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Fantastic food and restaurant. The food is consistantly excellent and great value overall. The staff keep things moving even during the busiest time periods.

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Tampa, Florida
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11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

For the second time in his 30 years, my son Andrew requested this place for his birthday dinner. When you offer to take someone ANYWHERE in Tampa and they pick this TWICE, I think that says something about the quality. And in more than 20 years of eating here, we have never been disappointed. Andrew ate his meal and felt... More 

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Tampa, Florida
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My partner and I were on patrol on Saturday night and chose to dine in at First Choice Southern BBQ. He raved about it. As this was my first experience, I have to admit, it was darn good. In fact, it was excellent. I ordered the chopped pork dinner with a double side of macaroni salad plus a side of... More 

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Monterey, California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is by far, hands down, the best bbq, Pick any of their meats and it will be amazingly delicious. I grew up in Tampa & have moved to California, I eat at 1st Choice every time I'm in town! Sometimes they are my first & last meal! Their meats are amazing, their sides are killer. The mac salad is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10113 Adamo Dr, Tampa, FL 33619-2656
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: (813) 621-7434

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?